2020 PWSAC Fisheries Updates

PWSAC’s announcements are scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays for the remainder of the season, with more frequent updates to PWSAC’s Facebook page during cost recovery harvest efforts.

Thursday, July 09, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $2.1 million, or approximately 64% complete towards this goal through July 8.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 8, PWSAC had collected 479,766 chum salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 221,572 fish, along with broodstock collection of 142,500 fish, the chum salmon run totals 843,838 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 8 was 2.13 million fish.

The 2020 WNH chum salmon egg take began on Monday, July 6. To date, PWSAC has collected approximately 9.5% of the 153 million chum salmon egg goal. Cost recovery fishing operations at WNH are currently on hold to allow for additional broodstock collection. Through July 8, PWSAC had collected as many as 142,500 chum salmon for broodstock at WNH. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for July 8 is 167,518 fish, and PWSAC’s ultimate broodstock goal for 2020 is 201,000 chum salmon.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing well below forecast. PWSAC is grateful for the extraordinary efforts of participating cost recovery processors and harvest vessels to ensure that PWSAC reaches its remaining broodstock goal while maximizing cost recovery harvests. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 8, approximately 177,215 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 8 was 438,205 fish.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

As of Wednesday, July 8, approximately 562,167 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 8 was 741,982 fish.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 8, PWSAC had collected 224,141 sockeye salmon for cost recovery. MBH sockeye salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 12,223 fish on 7/6; 14,979 fish on 7/7; and, 4,182 fish on 7/8. Cost recovery fishing continued at MBH today. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 426,178 fish, and another 8,940 fish for broodstock, the MBH sockeye salmon run totals 659,259 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 8 was 956,657 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 29–July 1 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 44% MBH and 56% wild sockeye salmon. ADF&G sampling of the July 2 Eshamy District CPF result in a harvest composition of 99% MBH and 1% wild sockeye salmon.


Monday, July 06, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $2.2 million, or approximately 61% complete towards this goal through July 5. PWSAC will harvest both WNH chum and MBH sockeye salmon to achieve the assigned revenue goal from the hatchery specific Special Harvest Areas. The cost recovery harvest amount from each run is open-ended (up to achieving the assigned revenue goal) and will be based on daily hatchery escapement availability. PWSAC intends to conduct its harvest from both Special Harvest Areas as rapidly as possible to minimize the impact on both run-specific commercial fisheries.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

As of Sunday, July 5, PWSAC had collected 479,766 chum salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 199,025 fish, along with broodstock collection of 122,500 fish, the chum salmon run totals 801,291 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 5 was 1.93 million fish.

WNH chum salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 19,261 fish on July 4. Cost recovery fishing is currently on hold to allow for additional escapement for broodstock. The 2020 WNH chum salmon egg take began this morning; Monday, July 6.

Hatchery staff have worked diligently with the cost recovery harvest vessels since June 14 to proactively place as many as 122,500 chum salmon (July 5 estimate) behind the WNH barrier seine. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for July 5 is 151,848 fish, and PWSAC’s ultimate broodstock goal for 2020 is 201,000 chum salmon.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing well below forecast. PWSAC is grateful for the extraordinary efforts of participating cost recovery processors and harvest vessels to ensure that PWSAC reaches its remaining broodstock goal while maximizing cost recovery harvests. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

As of Sunday, July 5, approximately 173,656 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 5 was 402,943 fish.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

As of Sunday, July 5, approximately 529,735 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 5 was 690,907 fish.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

As of Sunday, July 5, PWSAC had collected 192,757 sockeye salmon for cost recovery. MBH sockeye salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 15,936 fish on 7/2; 6,700 fish on 7/3; and, 4,181 fish on 7/5. Cost recovery fishing continues at MBH today. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 438,462 fish, and another 6,580 fish for broodstock, the MBH sockeye salmon run totals 637,799 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 5 was 878,004 fish.


Thursday, July 02, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $2.6 million, or approximately 55% complete towards this goal through July 1. PWSAC will harvest both WNH chum and MBH sockeye salmon to achieve the assigned revenue goal from the hatchery specific Special Harvest Areas. The cost recovery harvest amount from each run is open-ended (up to achieving the assigned revenue goal) and will be based on daily hatchery escapement availability. PWSAC intends to conduct its harvest from both Special Harvest Areas as rapidly as possible to minimize the impact on both run-specific commercial fisheries.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 1, PWSAC had collected 435,803 chum salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 184,262 fish, along with broodstock collection of 99,500 fish, the chum salmon run totals 719,565 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 1 was 1.68 million fish.

WNH chum salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 25,945 fish on 6/29; 56,575 fish on 6/30; and, 48,637 fish on 7/1. Cost recovery fishing is taking place at WNH today and will continue as escapement and run entry warrants.

Unfortunately, PWSAC is faced with an extraordinary situation at WNH in 2020 where very few broodstock fish have returned to inner Lake Bay than is typical or expected. This has had implications for both  broodstock collection and cost recovery fishing operations, and hatchery staff have worked diligently with the cost recovery harvest vessels since June 14 to proactively place as many as 99,500 chum salmon (July 1 estimate) behind the WNH barrier seine while maintaining consistent cost recovery fishing operations. However, PWSAC has observed significant sea lion activity inside its brood enclosure in 2020 and expects a significant loss of broodstock fish to sea lion predation. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for July 1 is 132,236 fish, and PWSAC’s ultimate broodstock goal for 2020 is 201,000 chum salmon.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing well below forecast. PWSAC is grateful for the extraordinary efforts of participating cost recovery processors and harvest vessels to ensure that PWSAC reaches its remaining broodstock goal while maximizing cost recovery harvests. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

ADF&G sampling of the June 25-27 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 96% WNH, 2% wild, 1% Port Chalmers and 1% AFK chum salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 25-26 Eshamy District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 64% WNH, 25% AFK and 11% wild chum salmon.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 1, approximately 156,670 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 1 was 353,888 fish.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

As of Wednesday, July 1, approximately 493,875 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for June 28 was 609,401 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 25-26 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 96% Port Chalmers, 3% wild and 1% AFK chum salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 27-28 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 87% Port Chalmers, 7% wild, 3% AFK and 3% WNH chum salmon.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, July 1, PWSAC had collected 165,940 sockeye salmon for cost recovery. MBH sockeye salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 37,608 fish on 6/29; 19,779 fish on 6/30; and, 32,906 fish on 7/1. Cost recovery fishing continues at MBH today. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 369,757 fish, and another 5,500 fish for broodstock, the MBH sockeye salmon run totals 541,197 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for July 1 was 723,883 fish.


Monday, June 29, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $3.7 million, or approximately 36% complete towards this goal through June 28. PWSAC will harvest both WNH chum and MBH sockeye salmon to achieve the assigned revenue goal from the hatchery specific Special Harvest Areas. The cost recovery harvest amount from each run is open-ended (up to achieving the assigned revenue goal) and will be based on daily hatchery escapement availability. PWSAC intends to conduct its harvest from both Special Harvest Areas as rapidly as possible to minimize the impact on both run-specific commercial fisheries.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

As of Sunday, June 28, PWSAC had collected 295,439 chum salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 165,891 fish, along with broodstock collection of 77,500 fish, the chum salmon run totals 538,830 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for June 28 was 1.49 million fish.

Cost recovery fishing progress picked up considerably over the weekend. WNH chum salmon cost recovery harvests in recent days totaled 26,036 fish on 6/25; 94,393 fish on 6/26; 37,098 fish on 6/27; and, 68,909 fish on 6/28. Cost recovery fishing will continue as escapement and run entry warrants. Plant samples from cost recovery fish harvested on June 26 averaged 6.84 pounds and ranged from 36% to 60% female. Plant samples from cost recovery fish harvested on June 27 averaged 6.4 pounds and ranged from 47% to 55% female. For June 27, PWSAC would expect a female ratio at WNH of 47%.

Hatchery staff have worked with the cost recovery harvest vessels since June 14 to place approximately 77,500 chum salmon behind the WNH barrier seine. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for June 28 is 117,176 fish.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing well below forecast. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

As of Sunday, June 28, approximately 139,132 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for June 28 was 315,924 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 18-24 Southwestern District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 84% AFK, 7% WNH, 6% Port Chalmers and 3% wild chum salmon.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

As of Sunday, June 28, approximately 443,754 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative total return for June 28 was 537,525 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 18-24 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 95% Port Chalmers, 3% wild and just over 1% AFK chum salmon.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

As of Sunday, June 28, PWSAC had collected 70,913 sockeye salmon for cost recovery, with approximately 26,087 fish harvested on Sunday, June 28. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 365,992 fish, and another 5,500 fish for broodstock, the sockeye salmon run totals 442,405 fish. The anticipated cumulative total return for June 28 was 571,789 fish. Cost recovery fishing continues at MBH today.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $5.3 million, or approximately 8% complete towards this goal through June 24. PWSAC will harvest both WNH chum and MBH sockeye salmon to achieve the assigned revenue goal from the hatchery specific Special Harvest Areas. The cost recovery harvest amount from each run is open-ended (up to achieving the assigned revenue goal) and will be based on daily hatchery escapement availability. PWSAC intends to conduct its harvest from both Special Harvest Areas as rapidly as possible to minimize the impact on both run-specific commercial fisheries.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, June 24, PWSAC had collected 69,003 chum salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 125,099 fish the chum salmon run totals 194,102 fish. The anticipated cumulative harvest for June 24 was 1.12 million fish.

Hatchery staff have worked with the cost recovery harvest vessels in the past week to place approximately 60,000 chum salmon behind the WNH barrier seine. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for June 24 is 95,574 fish.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing well below forecast. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

WNH cost recovery operations resumed on a limited basis on June 23 resulting in the harvest of an estimated 25,525 chum salmon averaging 8.14 pounds per fish and 47.6% female (ADF&G sampling, 361 fish sample). The anticipated female ratio for June 23 is 43.7%. Cost recovery fishing resumed today, June 25, and will continue as escapement and run entry warrants.

ADF&G reports an age composition summary for PWSAC’s June 23 WNH cost recovery chum salmon of approximately 16.9% Age-3, 30.4% Age-4, 52.5% Age-5, and 0.3% Age-6. PWSAC’s projected age composition for the 2020 WNH chum salmon run is 3.9% Age-3 (101,000 fish forecast), 51.5% Age-4 (1,313,000), 44.3% Age-5 (1,131,000), and 0.3% Age-6 (8,000).

ADF&G sampling of the June 18/19 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 91% WNH, 6% wild, 2% AFK and 1% Port Chalmers chum salmon.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, June 24, approximately 105,525 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative harvest for June 24 was 264,385 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 18/20 Southwestern District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 80% AFK, 10% WNH, 7% Port Chalmers and 2% wild chum salmon.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

As of Wednesday, June 24, approximately 313,889 chum salmon have been harvested by the commercial CPF. The anticipated cumulative harvest for June 21 was 437,820 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 18/19 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 97% Port Chalmers, 2% WNH and 1% AFK chum salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 20/21 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 93% Port Chalmers, 6% WNH and 1% wild chum salmon.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

As of Wednesday, June 24, PWSAC had collected 19,386 sockeye salmon for cost recovery. Combined with an estimated commercial CPF catch of 250,824 fish the sockeye salmon run totals 270,210 fish. The anticipated cumulative harvest for June 24 was 390,252 fish. Cost recovery fishing continued at MBH today, with updates posted to PWSAC’s Facebook page tomorrow.

ADF&G sampling of the June 18/19 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 97% MBH and 3% wild sockeye salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 15/16 Eshamy District CPF result in a harvest composition of 96% MBH and 4% wild sockeye salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 18/19 Eshamy District CPF result in a harvest composition of 97% MBH and 3% wild sockeye salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 22/23 Eshamy District CPF result in a harvest composition of 100% MBH sockeye salmon.


Monday, June 22, 2020

PWSAC COST RECOVERY UPDATE

PWSAC has elected to implement its WNH chum/MBH sockeye salmon aggregate management strategy to achieve the assigned revenue goal of approximately $5.8 million. To date, the outstanding balance of the assigned revenue goal is approximately $5.5 million. PWSAC will harvest both WNH chum and MBH sockeye salmon to achieve the assigned revenue goal from the hatchery specific Special Harvest Areas. The cost recovery harvest amount from each run is open-ended (up to achieving the assigned revenue goal) and will be based on daily hatchery escapement availability. PWSAC intends to conduct its harvest from both Special Harvest Areas as rapidly as possible to minimize the impact on both run-specific commercial fisheries.

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for WNH is 2.55 million chum salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 1.26 million fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The WNH chum salmon cost recovery program began on Monday, June 8. PWSAC conducted a test set at WNH yesterday, June 21, to gauge abundance in the vicinity of WNH, and to collect information pertinent to broodstock management. These efforts resulted in the harvest of 6,994 fish at an average weight of 8.15 pounds per fish and 38% female. To date, PWSAC has collected less than 6% of the assigned chum salmon revenue goal. PWSAC will continue cost recovery fishing at WNH as escapement and run entry warrants.

Hatchery staff have identified a large school of fish staging to the east of the hatchery and have been working with the cost recovery harvest vessel in recent days to place approximately 40,000 chum salmon behind the WNH barrier seine. The remainder of the school is estimated to contain as many as 120,000 fish. PWSAC’s outstanding cost recovery and broodstock goal is approximately 1.17 million fish. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for June 22 is 84,379 fish.

The estimated total WNH chum salmon return (including CPF harvest, cost recovery harvest, brood) is approximately 187,000 fish through June 21. The anticipated WNH chum salmon cumulative return for June 21 was 983,000 fish.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing at historically poor levels. Through June 21, the cumulative combined commercial common property and cost recovery harvest in Coghill District is the smallest since 1992. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for AFK is 500,000 chum salmon. The estimated total AFK chum salmon return is approximately 63,000 fish through June 21. The anticipated AFK chum salmon cumulative return for June 21 was 226,000 fish.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for Port Chalmers is 810,000 chum salmon. The estimated total Port Chalmers chum salmon return is approximately 250,000 fish through June 21. The anticipated Port Chalmers chum salmon cumulative return for June 21 was 360,000 fish.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for MBH is 1.061 million sockeye salmon with a cumulative preseason escapement goal of approximately 55,000 fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The MBH sockeye salmon cost recovery program began on June 18. To date, PWSAC has collected approximately 19% of the preseason sockeye salmon revenue goal. PWSAC will continue cost recovery fishing at MBH as escapement and run entry warrants.

The estimated total MBH sockeye salmon return is approximately 188,000 fish through June 21. The anticipated MBH sockeye salmon cumulative return for June 21 was 264,000 fish.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for WNH is 2.55 million chum salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 1.26 million fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The WNH chum salmon cost recovery program began on Monday, June 8. To date, PWSAC has collected less than 5% of the assigned chum salmon revenue goal.

Chum salmon run entry at WNH in recent days has been slow, leading PWSAC to pause cost recovery operations on Friday, June 12. PWSAC will continue cost recovery fishing as escapement and run entry warrants.

Hatchery staff have worked with the cost recovery harvest vessel in recent days to place approximately 8,000 chum salmon behind the WNH barrier seine. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for June 18 is 60,696 fish.

The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Coghill District CPF harvest of 55,291 chum salmon through June 17. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 121,949 WNH chum salmon harvested in PWS (CPF plus cost recovery) through June 17. The anticipated WNH chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 17 was 670,000 fish.

To date, the WNH chum salmon return has been performing at historically poor levels. Through June 17, the cumulative combined commercial common property and cost recovery harvest in Coghill District is the smallest since 1995. PWSAC will continue to manage WNH hatchery subdistricts conservatively to ensure that remaining broodstock and cost recovery goals are met. PWSAC needs an additional 1.14 million chum salmon to meet its remaining goals.

ADF&G reports an age composition summary for Coghill district chum salmon harvested in period 5 (June 15/June 16) of 8.70% Age-3, 28.26% Age-4, 61.96% Age-5, and 1.09% Age-6. PWSAC’s projected age composition for the 2020 WNH chum salmon run is 3.9% Age-3 (101,000 fish), 51.5% Age-4 (1,313,000), 44.3% Age-5 (1,131,000), and 0.3% Age-6 (8,000).

ADF&G sampling of the June 15/16 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 85% WNH, 9% wild, 4% AFK and 2% Port Chalmers chum salmon.

Armin F Koernig Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for AFK is 500,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Southwestern District harvest of 54,745 chum salmon through June 17. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 29,865 AFK chum salmon harvested in PWS through June 17. The anticipated AFK chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 17 was 167,134 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 15/17 Southwestern District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 66% AFK, 6% WNH, 27% Port Chalmers and 2% wild chum salmon.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for Port Chalmers is 810,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Port Chalmers Subdistrict harvest of 154,381 chum salmon through June 17. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 130,311 Port Chalmers chum salmon harvested in PWS through June 17. The anticipated Port Chalmers chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 17 was 254,153 fish.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for MBH is 1.061 million sockeye salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 55,000 fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Eshamy District harvest of 103,184 sockeye salmon through June 17. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 102,050 MBH sockeye salmon harvested in PWS through June 17. The anticipated MBH sockeye salmon cumulative harvest for June 17 was 128,286 fish. The MBH sockeye salmon cost recovery program began today, harvest updates will be posted to PWSAC’s Facebook page tomorrow.

ADF&G sampling of the June 15/16 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 94% MBH and 6% wild sockeye salmon.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for WNH is 2.55 million chum salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 1.26 million fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The WNH chum salmon cost recovery program began on Monday, June 8. To date, PWSAC has collected less than 5% of the assigned chum salmon revenue goal.

Chum salmon run entry at WNH in recent days has been slow, leading PWSAC to pause cost recovery operations on Friday, June 12. In an effort to gauge run entry and collect fishery performance data, WNH cost recovery operations resumed on a limited basis on July 14 resulting in the harvest of an estimated 5,861 chum salmon averaging 8.7 pounds per fish and ranging from 22% to 36% female. The anticipated female ratio for June 14 is 33.1%. PWSAC will continue cost recovery fishing as escapement and run entry warrants.

Hatchery staff estimated 2,000 chum salmon in the WNH HEEZ this morning and worked with the cost recovery harvest vessel to place approximately 3,500 chum salmon behind the WNH barrier seine. PWSAC will continue these broodstock collection efforts as necessary and possible. The anticipated WNH chum salmon broodstock collection for June 15 is 36,000 fish.

The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Coghill District CPF harvest of 42,266 chum salmon through June 12. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 102,787 WNH chum salmon harvested in PWS (CPF plus cost recovery) through June 14. The anticipated WNH chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 14 was 426,000 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 11/12 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 99% WNH and 1% wild chum salmon.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for AFK is 500,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Southwestern District harvest of 35,826 chum salmon through June 13. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 29,462 AFK chum salmon harvested in PWS through June 14. The anticipated AFK chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 14 was 88,000 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 8/9 Southwestern District CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 78% AFK, 13% WNH, 4% Port Chalmers and 4% wild chum salmon.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for Port Chalmers is 810,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Port Chalmers Subdistrict harvest of 132,999 chum salmon through June 14. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 122,367 Port Chalmers chum salmon harvested in PWS through June 14. The anticipated Port Chalmers chum salmon cumulative harvest for June 14 was 173,000 fish.

ADF&G sampling of the June 8–10 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 88% Port Chalmers, 7% WNH, 4% wild and 1% AFK chum salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 13/14 Port Chalmers Subdistrict CPF result in a harvest composition of approximately 93% Port Chalmers, 4% WNH and 3% wild chum salmon.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for MBH is 1.061 million sockeye salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 55,000 fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Eshamy District harvest of 41,555 sockeye salmon through June 12. ADF&G otolith contributions result in an estimated 39,000 MBH sockeye salmon harvested in PWS through June 12. The anticipated MBH sockeye salmon cumulative harvest for June 12 was 43,000 fish.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for WNH is 2.55 million chum salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 1.26 million fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The WNH chum salmon cost recovery program began on Monday, June 8, and resulted in the harvest of just over 15,000 chum salmon on that date. Run entry in recent days has been slow, resulting in zero cost recovery harvest on Tuesday, June 9, and approximately 8,578 fish on Wednesday, June 10. Sampling of June 10 cost recovery harvest resulted in an average weight of 8.98 pounds and 36% female. Cost recovery harvest continues on June 11, with an update to be provided via PWSAC’s Facebook page on June 12. Hatchery staff estimated 2,000 chum salmon in the WNH HEEZ this morning. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Coghill District CPF harvest of 31,290 chum salmon through June 10. This is less than expected for the date (average cumulative CPF harvest of 233,126 chum salmon for the years 2000–2019), and slightly less than last year’s cumulative CPF harvest of approximately 35,000 chum salmon through the same date. Additional WNH-specific run performance data will be provided in PWSAC’s next update on Monday.

ADF&G reports an age composition summary for Coghill district chum salmon harvested in period 3 (June 8/June 9) of 1.85% Age-3, 15.08% Age-4, 82.46% Age-5, and 0.62% Age-6. PWSAC’s projected age composition for the 2020 WNH chum salmon run is 3.9% Age-3 (101,000 fish), 51.5% Age-4 (1,313,000), 44.3% Age-5 (1,131,000), and 0.3% Age-6 (8,000).

ADF&G sampling of the June 4/5 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 96% WNH and 4% AFK chum salmon. ADF&G sampling of the June 8/9 Coghill District CPF result in a harvest composition of 99% WNH and 1% wild chum salmon.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for AFK is 500,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Southwestern District harvest of 18,553 chum salmon through June 10.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for Port Chalmers is 810,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Port Chalmers Subdistrict harvest of 65,587 chum salmon through June 10. This is above average for the date (average cumulative CPF harvest of 56,430 chum salmon for the years 2000–2019), and greater than last year’s cumulative CPF harvest of 36,072 chum salmon through the same date.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for MBH is 1.061 million sockeye salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 55,000 fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Eshamy District harvest of 13,035 sockeye salmon through June 10. Additional MBH-specific run performance data will be provided in PWSAC’s next update on Monday.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Chum Salmon Update

Wally Noerenberg Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for WNH is 2.55 million chum salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 1.26 million fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The chum salmon cost recovery program began this morning and is expected to continue tomorrow. Hatchery staff estimated 10,000 chum salmon in the WNH HEEZ this morning. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Coghill District harvest of 16,842 chum salmon through June 7.

Armin F. Koernig Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for AFK is 500,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Southwestern District harvest of 13,000 chum salmon through June 7.

Port Chalmers Remote Release:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for Port Chalmers is 810,000 chum salmon. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Port Chalmers Subdistrict harvest of 31,712 chum salmon through June 7.

Sockeye Salmon Update

Main Bay Hatchery:

PWSAC’s preseason forecast for MBH is 1.061 million sockeye salmon with a cumulative escapement goal of approximately 55,000 fish for broodstock and cost recovery. The commercial CPF fishery began on June 1, with an estimated Eshamy District harvest of 2,691 sockeye salmon through June 7.